Commissions

Westbourne Communications’ - a fine art display to reflect company values

I just wanted to pass on all the amazing comments I have had regarding the art in the office. Everyone loves it – we even had a client in the other day that recognised the landscape in the small room as being his home town!

- Harriet Shaw at Westbourne Communications


Working in the opinion-changing business, Westbourne Communications knew that the art in their office could be doing more for them. They asked Mall Galleries to source a changing display of fine art pieces for their board room and reception area, to reflect their success, creativity and dynamism.

Mall Galleries source paintings for the Westbourne offices from our ever-changing exhibitions and our long-established links with artists across the country. Being local to the gallery, Westbourne Communications' staff receive invitations to the private views at the gallery and have the option to choose the works on their wall from a selection curated for them by Mall Galleries Art Consultants.

All curatorial advice, legalities, invoicing and installation are handled by Mall Galleries and we have seen an enormous amount of success with this curated art display in flux, which has engaged both staff and clientele alike.

Contact our Art Consultancy Team to learn more about art rental and our curatorial services.

 

St Mary's Seals Chris Rose SWLA

Continuous Movement June Arnold

New Places, Ideas and Histories in Art Commissions

Charlie Calder-Potts is a British artist and former Columbia Threadneedle Prize exhibitor. In the run-up to the 2016 prize we spoke to Charlie about her practice and the various commissions she has undertaken in the Middle East.


Charlie Calder-Potts is fascinated by the world. She delves into history and thoroughly researches what she sees to create large mixed media depictions of the places she visits. Her travels in the Middle East have led to captivating commissions that portray the displacement of people and the destruction of ancient sites. Her frequent visits to her sister in Lebanon have exposed her to historical ruins, which she has played games with her nephews amongst. This has evoked an intimate link between the history of the places she visits and the artwork she creates.

Charlie Calder-Potts, From moment then to moment

Charlie Calder-Potts, From moment then to moment

Charlie views the process of commissioning as a way of introducing her to different places, ideas and histories: ‘It’s a really important process, and one that needs to be sustained’. Her exhibition in Dubai led to a commission in Iraq, where she was hosted by a family who guided her to new ideas by taking her to historical sites such as the 4000 year old holy village of Lalish. There she was introduced to the Yezidi refugees, a group severely persecuted by ISIS, who have become a focus of Charlie’s Iraq series.

Charlie Calder-Potts, Whatever is Written

Charlie maintains that, ‘without the clients hosting me and showing me their world, I wouldn’t have embarked on this series of work. Their commission was hugely influential for me, and it has opened up a whole range of opportunities.’ The process of commissioning remains to be a two-way process that has enabled Charlie to discover new places, whilst ensuring that the client plays an integral part in the work.

Charlie’s work represents the interconnected nature of the world. She explores countries in the Middle East and merges them with the West to deconstruct perceptions fuelled by media that suggest that the Middle East is solely dangerous. Charlie draws upon the influence of Persian manuscripts on much of Western history and affirms that, ‘Our history is all connected, we have all influenced each other’.  

Charlie Calder-Potts, When Shadows Pass

Despite our increase in immediate access to news and information about other countries, Charlie sees an increasing disconnect between cultures, something that she wishes to break down. This desire to forge connections between seemingly disparate people and places has led her to Afghanistan, where she was the official war artist for the British Army. During her time in the Helmand province she used scrap metal from tanks upon which she painted civilians and the military.

Charlie is also excited by all the places within the UK that she is yet to discover, and she views commissioning as a crucial process that opens up ideas, ‘you can only read so many books or stumble across things, but someone can always bring a project to you’. She wishes for people to continue sharing their special places with her, whether it be a local medieval church or crumbling ruins, as an opportunity for her to scratch into the layers of history and uncover past stories.

Charlie Calder-Potts, The Dreadless Angel

An artwork commission is a personalised experience that is different for everyone, at Mall Galleries we employ Art Consultants to guide you through the process of commissioning an artwork from choosing an artist to choosing an artwork that is suitable for your home or business.

 

By Sophia Siddiqui

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Charlie Calder-Potts, Whatever is Written (detail)

Toby Ward NEAC: Interrogating the past with art commissions

The New English Art Club Annual Exhibition was at Mall Galleries in June 2015. We spoke to Toby Ward NEAC about his commission pieces for Westminster Abbey.


Toby Ward NEAC has a fascination for human activity and the way we interact with the world around us, particularly through the collaborative process of commissions. He combines his experiences with fragments of memory and imagination to document history, the changing architecture of London and individual lives in a way of piecing together the past. 

Toby Ward, The Village Event

Interaction is central to Toby’s commissions, ‘There are no limits. It’s tremendous fun and I find commissions interesting and a challenge’. Toby has worked with a range of people, including individuals, groups of people and whole organisations. But what remains a constant is the relationships he builds with the people around him, ‘I always interact with the people I am working with. I don’t think of myself as purely a cold outsider. That’s part of the fun - enjoying other people’s company and becoming an insider’. There is always an active element in what Toby does and he enjoys capturing the interactions of different people, ‘You get an idea of the subject as a living and moving figure that is not fixed’.

Toby Ward, Lincoln Cathedral

Toby is currently six months into his three-year commission at Westminster Abbey. For the first time since 1740, the fabric of Westminster Abbey is being altered to create a state of the art museum. Toby is documenting the development of refurbishment, observing closely the entire journey alongside the builders, archaeologists and architectures that are working on the project. He has observed over 4000 bin bags of dust being removed from the attic of Westminster Abbey, and has sifted through fragments of priceless artefacts alongside archaeologists, ‘Other people’s rubbish is our history. It’s so interesting piecing it all together’. Toby has also documented a year in the life of Lincoln Cathedral in 2013, where as well as representing changes to the building, he maintains his fascination with the individual by ensuring that there is a portrait element to his work. He includes precise details of workers producing fresh stonework to depict the constant ongoing process of repair and development that occurred during his residency, whilst also ensuring that individuals remain recognisable in his work.

Toby Ward, Lincoln Cathedral

Toby’s past commissions have also included very personal, one-on-one partnerships. One of the most moving projects he has worked on was with an 86 year old man who had recently had a stroke. He wished to work with Toby to illustrate his life in retrospect. Toby would meet the man for two hours per week, and listen to stories about his life, which Toby would then transform into pictures. Together they produced a book of drawings together. Toby affirms that, ‘It was an amazing project to work with one man to realise what his life looked like. It was a very moving process to be a part of’. 

Toby Ward, Lincoln Cathedral

The process of commissioning is never fixed. The dialogue between the client and the artist is something that continually develops, and he finds working with someone who has the vision and enthusiasm for the piece of art to exist very rewarding. Whether he is documenting the three year refurbishment of a Church or painting the entire life of an individual, collaboration remains central, as a way of piecing together the past and documenting the passage of time.



By Sophia Siddiqui

 


An artwork commission is a personalised experience that is different for everyone, at Mall Galleries we employ Commission Consultants to guide you through the process of commissioning an artwork from choosing an artist to choosing an artwork that is suitable for your home or business.

If you would like to find out more information regarding commissioning an artwork or book a private consultation, click here.

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Toby Ward, New Flat Screen TV (detail)

Commissioning a Wildlife Artist

The Society of Wildlife Artists, The Natural Eye, was at Mall Galleries in October 2015. We spoke to Fiona Clucas SWLA about her commission of a field full of wildflowers.


A resident of the small village of Levens, Cumbria commissioned wildlife artist Fiona Clucas SWLA to produce an artwork depicting a particular field full of wildflowers seen over the main village wall. 

While working on the commission, Fiona found herself completely taken by this piece of undisturbed land. She is equally passionate about the habitat of wildlife as she is for the wildlife itself, so the surrounding wild hedgerows were of personal interest, particularly, the varied species of birds they attract, such as migratory swallows and finches.

Fiona’s place of work is literally on her doorstep. Her back garden provides the diverse mixture of flora and fauna that Fiona uses as inspiration when working en plein air. Her completed, or near-completed, preparatory sketches often sell as artworks in their own right – she says people love the immediacy of these drawings. 

The end result of this particular project was Moss Verge, Summer, a large painting of a picturesque field which is used mainly for grazing flock. Both client and artist were very happy with the result - enough to exhibit the painting in this years SWLA exhibition. Visitors to The Natural Eye last month would have had the chance to view the result of a commissioned artwork with real sentimental value.

Fiona Clucas SWLA, Moss Verge, Summer

An artwork commission is a personalised experience that is different for everyone, at Mall Galleries we employ Commission Consultants to guide you through the process of commissioning an artwork from choosing an artist to choosing an artwork that is suitable for your home or business.

If you would like to find out more information regarding commissioning an artwork or book a private consultation, click here.

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Fiona Clucas SWLA, Moss Verge, Summer

Wrap a yacht for a Christmas gift!

We become increasingly obsessed with the truly exceptional gift as the season of goodwill approaches.

With our Art Consultants the solution is easy. A bespoke work of art means you can wrap up a painting or sculpture of a yacht, super yacht, a sea container or your favourite relatives playing on a beach, to commemorate a special occasion. Commissioning a personalised work of art will create a lasting thing of joy forever.

For those who have left it a bit late a Mall Galleries Art Voucher can be arranged in minutes. These have the added bonus of allowing the recipient to be part of the creative process.

Mall Galleries, run by the charity the Federation of British Artists, has over 30 years of art consultancy and commissioning experience. We run a well-respected portrait consultancy from our offices in central London and have further specialist knowledge of a variety of genre painting, such as marine and wildlife art.

For more information please contact commissions@mallgalleries.com or ring 00 44 (0)20 7 930 6844

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Lucy McKie ROI, Free Spirit

Pet Portraitist and Coastline Lover: Antonia Phillips and her Commissions

At the end of October the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists, The Natural Eye, will be returning to Mall Galleries. We spoke to Antonia Phillips SWLA about her commission work.


Antonia Phillips SWLA is an artist who enjoys the coastal fringes: where land meets sea. She talks to us about her current commission piece, which represents everything she loves about painting.

This commission is a notably personal one to the client. Her husband passed away a few years ago, and he had loved the area of St Aldhelm’s Head on the Purbeck Coast, especially the light, colours and circling gulls. The client wanted a landscape painting of this sentimentally important place to remember him by.

It was seeing a work of Antonia’s online that prompted an idea for a memorial piece to be created in a similar style to hang in her house. Antonia gladly accepted the project, as she knows and loves the Dorset coast herself.

Once she had talked through the concept with the client and discussed the original piece that had caught her eye, Antonia began her work. She made a colour sketch of the area, which the client is extremely pleased with, and continues to work on the final acrylic painting.

Not all of Antonia’s commissions are of coastal landscapes. Trained in Natural History Illustration, Antonia often undertakes pet portrait commissions, a task she thoroughly enjoys as she loves animals. She would spend some time at the home of the client with the chosen pet to try and get to know the animal’s personality, while taking some photographs and making preliminary sketches.

Antonia is one of our many artists available for commission through Mall Galleries. Whether you’d like a pet portrait or a memorial gift, our commissions consultancy matches you to the right artist to suit your needs.

Antonia Phillips, Tilly

Interviewed by Jess Baxter


An artwork commission is a personalised experience that is different for everyone, at Mall Galleries we employ Commission Consultants to guide you through the process of commissioning an artwork from choosing an artist to choosing an artwork that is suitable for your home or business.

If you would like to find out more information regarding commissioning an artwork or book a private consultation, click here.

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Antonia Phillips SWLA, Green Island

On Painting the Royal Regatta – Peter Graham ROI talks to us about his commissioned artwork

In December the Annual Exhibition for the Royal Institute of Oil Painters returns to Mall Galleries. We spoke to Peter Graham ROI about his commision for Henly Royal Regatta.


An artlover with a special interest in the Henley Royal Regatta wanted to commission a series of paintings of the prestigious rowing event. 

Royal Institute of Oil Painters member Peter Graham was chosen for the project, as the client was familiar with his colourful style having seen several of his works over the years at various UK exhibitions.

The client loved Peter’s previous paintings of reflections and harbour subjects, and wanted to incorporate this feature into their commissioned piece. The general concept behind the project was to capture the excitement and energy of the Regatta more than the precise detail of the winning rowing team. 

Peter Graham ROI painting at the Henley Royal Regatta

On the day of the race, Peter worked on the banks of the River Thames, which allowed him to clearly see the pavilion and winning line, as well as all the observing boats. Knowing he would have to work very quickly, he selected watercolour for his medium in order to capture the fleeting moments at high speed. 

The Henley Regatta by Peter Graham ROI

The result was a dynamic and brilliantly colourful series of four watercolour paintings, which vividly depict the skimming of the boats in their team colours and surrounding spectators. Peter’s fluid and atmospheric style fulfilled the brief perfectly, and both sides of the commission process were very pleased with the outcome.

Winning Line at the Henley Regatta by Peter Graham ROI

So what’s next for Peter? He is currently working on a commissioned painting of the King’s Troop at the official entrance to St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace in Whitehall. It was requested that he keeps to his own characteristic style and trademark colour scheme, so the artwork will be as colourful as the last.

In situ painting that inspired the next commission: Sandhurst Parade by Peter Graham ROI was made at Sandhurst Military Academy


By commissioning an artwork, you have the chance to capture a favourite event or place in a painting. Through the Mall Galleries commissions consultancy, you will be able to engage in direct conversation with the artist, personalising your experience – and, as a result, will be able to create something incredibly special.

Wildlife Artist Jill Moger discusses her Commissions

Jill Moger SWLA - Crocodile Bag

At the end of October the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists, The Natural Eye, will be returning to Mall Galleries. We spoke to Jill Moger SWLA about her private commissions.



Sculptor and lover of reptiles and amphibians, self-taught artist Jill Moger SWLA creates ceramic artworks depicting a variety of cold-blooded wildlife. She was commissioned by a collector in her hometown, who requested a rather unusual and amusing piece.

The playful sculpture she created shows a baby crocodile sitting snugly inside a crocodile-skin handbag. The style is typical of Jill’s work, with an earthy colour scheme and intricate, lustred scales on both crocodile and bag. A second similar piece was commissioned by someone in London.

Jill Moger SWLA, Crocodile Bag

With this particular commissioned artwork, a serious point about animal conservation underpins the concept behind Crocodile Bag: the live animal is so much better to see live in the wild than any fashion accessory made with its skin.

The people who approach Jill for commissions range from reptile experts to wildlife enthusiasts or anyone who simply likes the look of her work. She says she was particularly thrilled when her sculpture of the rare Tuatara lizard was bought by a professor working at the Natural History Museum, after falling in love with it at an exhibition.

For her source of inspiration, Jill visits numerous zoos, sanctuaries and private collections of reptiles, and owns an extensive book collection of photographic reference on such wildlife. With sculptures of iguanas being the most popular commission request, Jill’s subject matter largely comprises of reptiles. However, she does not limit herself to this sole group of species and has also created sculptures of coral reefs and insects. Jill is passionate for the protection of all these species, some of which are endangered due to the destruction of their habitat and illegal poaching. 

Jill Moger SWLA, Crocodile Bag

Interviewed by Jessica Baxter



An artwork commission is a personalised experience that is different for everyone, at Mall Galleries we employ Commission Consultants to guide you through the process of commissioning an artwork from choosing an artist to choosing an artwork that is suitable for your home or business.

If you would like to find out more information regarding commissioning an artwork or book a private consultation, click here.

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Jill Moger SWLA

Diary Page Painting: A Day in the Life of a Commissioned Artist

At the end of October the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists, The Natural Eye, will be returning to Mall Galleries. We spoke to Fran Giffard about her private commissions.


Fran Giffard is an artist whose works have a distinctly original medium: her vibrant watercolour and aquarelle paintings of birds fill the used pages of Moleskine diaries. Presenting a glimpse of the artist’s daily life, brief diary entries – shopping lists, personal reminders, day schedules – can be read alongside the brilliantly coloured images of wildlife, making Fran’s work unforgettably unique.

She says it all started almost accidently one Christmas, when she received a Moleskine sketchbook as a present. Worried by the thought of ruining the luxurious pages, she decided to practise on her Moleskin diary, as the pages were similar in texture and had the same natural fluidity as a sketchbook. She began drawing, and her characteristic style was born.

Fran often undertakes commissions from people who request an artwork on a specific date of a diary page. This chosen date could be a birthday, an anniversary, or the National Day of a particular country: typically something important to the individual. Fran says her work certainly taps into sentimentality around special days of the year because of the medium she works on.

Based in South London, Fran normally works from books and photographic material of wildlife, as much of her subject matter comprises of tropical birds that do not inhabit the British Isles. However, during a recent trip to Reunion Island, she was able to get up close to such birds and draw from direct observation. She chooses a particular species according to the size available on a double page spread of an old diary

With every piece she creates, Fran tries to impart her distinctive creative style to all her paintings. Commissioning an artwork on something as imaginative as a diary page creates something both aesthetic and personalised to the individual. 

Interviewed by Jess Baxter

 


An artwork commission is a personalised experience that is different for everyone, at Mall Galleries we employ Commission Consultants to guide you through the process of commissioning an artwork from choosing an artist to choosing an artwork that is suitable for your home or business.

If you would like to find out more information regarding commissioning an artwork or book a private consultation, click here.

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Fran Giffard, Gouache on Moleskine

Commissioned Ship Portrait Accepted by Museum

With the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition returning to Mall Galleries in October, we spoke to John Lines RSMA about his commission pieces for the shipping company Hellespont, one of which was recently donated to the International Maritime Museum Hamburg, Germany.


The world-renowned International Maritime Museum in Hamburg, Germany, is the new home to a commissioned portrait of a ship by Royal Society of Marine Artists member, John Lines. 

Nestled amongst the three thousand years of shipping history, the painting Stückgutfrachter, Cavala is now displayed alongside 40,000 maritime items held at the private collection in Hamburg. Depicting a snapshot of contemporary life at sea, the painting of the dynamic, busy port will act as historical and educational reference for future museum-goers.

The artwork in question was initially commissioned by Basil Papachristidis, then CEO of the global marine company Hellespont Shipping. Dr Papachristidis had approached Mall Galleries asking for an artist specialising in maritime subjects and wanted to commission a series of 21 paintings of multiple vessels built by the firm to decorate the company’s offices all over the world.

The Mall Galleries commissions consultancy saw Royal Society of Marine Artists member John Lines as the ideal artist for this commission, as John has many years of experience in painting ships and other related naval subjects. 

Hellespont were looking for technical accuracy and clarity, and John’s detailed final artworks fulfilled the brief. Both sides of the commission were extremely happy with the outcome, with Dr Papachristidis naming John the “perfect artist” for the job.

What started off as a commission request from a company resulted in a much-loved painting being donated to a distinguished international museum. Commissioned artwork commemorates and celebrates the journey a company or individual makes, and being able to personalise the experience through the consultants at the Mall Galleries makes an artwork all the more special.

Written by Jessica Baxter 

Images from the Hellespont Commission

Paramont

Harvey

An artwork commission is a personalised experience that is different for everyone, at Mall Galleries we employ Commission Consultants to guide you through the process of commissioning an artwork from choosing an artist to choosing an artwork that is suitable for your home or business.



If you would like to find out more information regarding commissioning an artwork or book a private consultation, click here.  

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Cavala, John Lines RSMA